Georgia Medicaid Book, Chapter 2 – Eligibility Basics

(Last Updated 8/23/2021)

Proving eligibility for Medicaid means checking every box to establish eligibility under the class of assistance the applicant seeks. The basic requirements are discussed in this chapter. Although financial eligibility criteria are a significant part of the planning and application process, they are discussed in later chapters.


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